News: Mario Lopez, Hershey School, Fear Factor, Cynthia Nixon

RoadStudents at Western Carolina University defend decision to stage drag show to fight anti-gay marriage amendment: “We could open up a shelter for puppies and those who hate us would still hate us; that’s no matter what we do, drag show or no drag show."

Dingdong_lopezRoadMario Lopez dreams big.

RoadLesbian binational Delaware couple with two sons forced apart by DOMA: "Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, Melody is 3,500 miles away from me and there isn’t anything I can do about it – until DOMA is struck down or repealed – unless the U.S. government implements some policy changes to keep our family together."

RoadRick Santorum: prisoner of the gays.

RoadNASA finds 60 planets and 11 new solar systems in tiny patch of sky: "Our galaxy is positively loaded with planets of all sizes and orbits."

RoadGeorge Clooney planning master prank on Brad Pitt.

RoadOpponents of North Carolina's same-sex marriage amendment are hitting campuses Friday: "A voter registration drive aimed at defeating the amendment when it comes up for a statewide vote on May 8 kicks off on college campuses on Friday. Voters will weigh in on the matter during the state’s presidential primary elections."

RoadGerard Butler: Who's Brandi Glanville?

RoadIf Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth

ShameRoadA banned poster for Shame.

RoadFear Factor episode features contestants chugging cups of donkey semen

RoadIn December I posted about the Hershey School in Pennsylvania denying admission to an HIV-positive student. AIDS Healthcare Foundation is still on the case: "Please join AIDS Healthcare Foundation in sending a message to the Hershey Company and the Milton Hershey School that HIV/AIDS discrimination is not acceptable. Send an e-letter to 3 Hershey Company Board Members—Robert Cavanaugh, James Mead & James Nevels—who also sit on the Milton Hershey School Trust Board, and demand that Hershey denounce this discrimination and facilitate the enrollment of the HIV-positive student at its school."

RoadEcuador to crack down on "ex-gay" torture clinics.

RoadFirst openly gay MP fights religious right in Brazil: "'These churches are advancing on hearts and minds,' said Wyllys, accusing neo-pentecostal preachers of 'demonising' gay people and the followers of African-Brazilian religions such as Umbanda in order to bolster their flocks. 'For a long time they advanced silently – and now we are starting to realise the political force they have become,' he said."

RoadRussell Crowe stands up for Ryan Gosling

RoadMichael Bloomberg issues 'Gossip Girl' proclamation.

M-courtRoadMartina Navratilova lashes out at Margaret Court: "You say it is a choice to be gay; do you mean to say you had feelings for women as well as men and chose men? That might explain your certainty on the issue."

RoadExplosive endorsement fight at WeHo Democratic Club between John Duran and Torie Osborn.

RoadBaltimore Archdiocese investigating priest charged with indecent exposure at adult store.

RoadUK survey: Gay actors still worried about coming out.

RoadHow Cynthia Nixon's gay "choice" statement might play in court: "Nixon, though, is framing gay rights in a new way. It's strangely reminiscent of the 'gay cures' some religious groups have promoted. They say it doesn't matter whether homosexuality is inborn. It's still wrong, in their eyes, and so people have to "learn" to change their behavior, even if they can never change their sexual preference. A desire to philander might be "inborn" or "natural," they argue, but it still has to be overcome. Nixon, of course, is on the opposite side of that same logical coin. Why, she asks, should homosexuality be any less valid if and when it is chosen?"

Posted January 27, 2012 at 2:45pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Julie Bindel